Catholicism in the Modern World

  • Time: 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Location: St. John Francis Regis Chapel
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“Religious Faith and Public Life: Catholic Social Teaching in Public Dialogue”

Monday, February 18 7:00 PM Rev. J. Bryan Hehir

Currently, J. Bryan Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University. He is also the Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society.

Rev. Hehir served for eight years at Harvard University. From 1998-2001 he was Interim Dean then Dean of the Harvard Divinity School, the first Catholic to hold this position. He joined the Divinity School faculty in 1993 as Professor of the Practice in Religion and Society. He was a faculty associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center of International Affairs, an affiliated faculty member of the Kennedy School of Government, a faculty associate of the Ethics and the Professions program, and a member of the faculty advisory committee to the Institute of Politics.

From 1973 to 1992, Rev. Hehir was assigned to the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, DC, where he held positions as director of the Office of International Affairs; secretary of the Department of Social Development and World Peace; and counselor for Social Policy. From 1984 to 1992, he also served on the faculty at Georgetown University, holding teaching positions as the Joseph P. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics in the Kennedy Center for Ethics and as research professor of Ethics and International Politics in the School of Foreign Service.

Rev. Hehir was a MacArthur Foundation Fellow (1984-1988) and has received more than 25 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the board of the Arms Control Association, the Center for Global Development and the Independent Sector.

He received his B.A. and Master"s of Divinity from St. John's Seminary and his Th.D. in applied theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1977. His writings include: The Limits of Loyalty (Foreign Policy, 2002); International Politics, Ethics and the Use of Force (Georgetown Journal, 2002); "Catholicism and Democracy" in Christianity and Democracy: Past Contributors and Future Challenges; "The Social Role of the Church: Leo XIII, Vatican II and John Paul II" in Catholic Social Thought and the New World Order; "Policy Arguments in a Public Church: Catholic Social Ethics and Bioethics" (Journal of Medicine and Philosophy).

This presentation is free and open to the public.

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